Waiting on God is difficult. At any given moment, most of us are waiting on something. Some of us are waiting for that right person to marry. Some are waiting to have a child. Many wait for a reconciled relationship with a family member, healing from disease, or relief from financial burdens. I have friends waiting on God to lead them in the right career direction.
During the wait, it’s tempting to think God has forgotten about us. Do you worry God won’t come through for you? At times, I struggle with apprehensions. I fear God won’t meet the desires of my heart. I fear God will forget about me.
At times like these, I often think about Abraham and Sarah. They desperately wanted to have children. Actually, God promised this couple their offspring would be numerous (see Genesis 15:5). Yet they waited and waited—for years. And still, they had no children.
Abraham and Sarah waited a long time for God to fulfill his promises. And then:
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Genesis 21: 1–2 (NIV)
From the beginning of time, God’s plan included the birth of their son. The end of their story was never in doubt. Neither is the end of your story—it’s part of God’s sovereign plan. Sarah and Abraham had doubts along the way. They believed they were too old to be used by God. Sarah believed God had forgotten about her.
Even in the midst of our doubt, God does not forget his children. The Bible tells us that Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, was born “at the very time God had promised him.” God’s timing is perfect. We just have to be willing to wait for it. I’m not saying it will always work out the way we want. His plans may not match our plans. Our desired result may not always be the same as God’s perfect plan.
Yet God loves us more than we can imagine. In that infinite love, he created a plan for each of us. Today, let’s trust that God will show up.
Believe that with God, anything is possible. Because…
He is trustworthy.
He will fight for you.
He will not forget you.
Copyright Allison @ Anointed With Grace, 2011
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